The Office for the Protection of Children and Youth

We welcome you to this website for the protection of children and youth.

Policy for the Safety of Children/Standards of Ministry

Policy for the Safety of Children in Matters of Sexual Abuse - Revised June 2016

Standards of Conduct For Ministry- Revised June 2016

In-Service Videos

Background Check Trainings and Updates (May 2017)

Webinar 1 - Applicant Entry Process via the VIRTUS and Fastrax Integration

Webinar 2 - Admin options related to reporting via Virtus and Fastrax

Webinar Handout

Report Abuse:
To report any past or present suspected inappropriate behavior toward children by priests, deacons, religious, lay ecclesial ministers, or personnel associated with the Church, please contact the Diocesan Response Service at: (216) 334-2999 or

Download list of County Hotlines to report abuse or neglect.pdf

Terence Flanagan, Victim Assistance Coordinator
Work Phone:  216-334-2958; Fax: 216-334-2983
Response Services:  216-334-2999
Catholic Charities Parish &  Community Ministries
7911 Detroit Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44102

Sharon M. Minson, Director
1404 East Ninth Street
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
(216) 696-6525 ext. 1157